10-27-16 – There now are 113 available Women in Aviation scholarships totaling over $650,000.
With the November 14th Women in Aviation scholarship application deadline (either electronically or via postmarked mailing) a little less than three weeks away, WAI is encouraging those interested in applying to not put it off any longer. They note that in addition to meeting the submission deadlines, applicants also need to also be a WAI member by November 1st as well.
According to WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian, there are 113 available scholarships that total $662,625. Chabrian says to “Keep in mind that these are not purely academic scholarships. Funding is available for flight training, including type ratings, and simply for flying for fun or exploring a new area of interest within aviation.”
WAI also emphasizes that the scholarships are for all ages and in addition to the flight training related scholarships, there are also options for other related aviation careers such as aviation mechanics, dispatchers, engineers, ag pilots, flight instructors and more.
“With the diverse interests of our members in mind, WAI offers scholarships that could apply to the broadest cross section of our members,” adds Dr. Chabrian.
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For a complete list of scholarships, head over to this page on the WAI website. And as you decide on which scholarships interestest you, keep in mind that individuals can apply for no more than two scholarships each year.
Original Post 7-6-16
Women in Aviation International has announced that they are now accepting applications for 2017 scholarships. Currently, the organization is offering 98 scholarships which are valued at just under $500,000. According to WAI officials, there is a Women in Aviation scholarship for just about any aviation-related interest, including academic scholarships, flight training scholarships (both for advanced flight training and type ratings), aviation maintenance related scholarships and more. Additional scholarships are expected to be added in the coming months, and according to officials, the total value of the scholarships generally exceeds more than $600,000.
Most of these scholarships will be awarded to students next year, March 2-4, at the 28th annual International Women in Aviation Conference. The conference will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian had this to say, “Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation International. Since the inception of our scholarship program 20 years ago, WAI has awarded more than $10 million to its members to help them reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about. Thanks to our generous sponsors, there is truly something for every profession, age group, and interest.”
Details on Applying For a Women in Aviation Scholarship
For those interested in applying for a scholarship, you can find a listing of the available scholarships on the WAI website. For the first time, you can also apply for those scholarships online, though you can still print out and mail in applications as well. To apply for any Women in Aviation scholarship, you must be a member of Women in Aviation by November 1st. Individuals can apply for no more than two scholarships a year, and individual scholarships may have additional requirements for applying. The deadline for applying is November 14th, and any applications that are mailed must be postmarked by this date.
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